Adopt a Hydrant

The winter months bring a special concern to the Fitchburg Fire Department. Winter snowfall, with the plowing of snow, can often hide fire hydrants under a large amount of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost. Please don’t let your neighborhood hydrant remain “undercover”.

We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. We need a 3 foot clearance on all sides. When shoveling snow be aware of vehicle traffic. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.

Please keep the hydrant clean of snow during the winter months. Also, keep hydrants free of overgrowth (grass and weeds) the rest of the year. For doing this, you will receive a hydrant adoption certificate along with our sincere thanks. Citizens and civic groups (Boy Scouts, etc) can “adopt” a hydrant or hydrants in their neighborhood. To adopt a hydrant, please call the Fitchburg Fire Department at 608-278-2980 or fill out the request form.